From Left, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah release BJP's manifesto for the upcoming general elections in New Delhi, India, April 8, 2019. (MANISH SWARUP / AP)
NEW DELHI — India's main ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its election manifesto on Monday, containing the party's promises to the country's voters ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in seven phases beginning April 11.
The main opposition party Indian National Congress (INC) was quick to criticize the BJP's manifesto, saying that it was nothing but a "collection of false promises"
Polls results are to be announced on May 23.
Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leaders including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and party president Amit Shah, were present at the party's headquarters in the Indian capital on the occasion.
Titled "Sankalp Patra" (document of resolution), the 45-page document contains as many as 75 pledges, and focuses on making India the third largest economy of the world by 2030 and continuing the "zero tolerance" policy towards terrorism, besides other promises.
It also promised to double farmers' income and to reinforce border security.
The main opposition party Indian National Congress (INC) was quick to criticize the BJP's manifesto, saying that it was nothing but a "collection of false promises."
Party spokesman Randeep Surjewala told media persons that the BJP had not fulfilled its promises made in its manifesto prior to the 2014 polls, such as providing 20 million jobs every year, bringing back black money from overseas and making India an economic power.
Rather it introduced schemes like "Demonetisation" and "Goods and Services Tax" which resulted in giving jolts to the country's economy, he added while speaking to media persons at INC's headquarters in New Delhi.
The INC had released its election manifesto on April 2.
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